Monday, July 03, 2006

End of an era - Yzerman Retires

One of the best of all time has just retired. From the Detroit News

After 22 remarkable seasons, including the last 19 as the longest-serving captain in NHL history, Steve Yzerman made it official Monday at Joe Louis Arena: He's retiring.

"I've enjoyed my career immensely here in Detroit," Yzerman said. "I've finally made a definite decision. I've decided to retire, to hang up my skates."

Yzerman, 41, has been an iconic star for the Red Wings franchise. He is second only to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, on the club's all-time list in goals (692) and points (1,755) -- totals that rank seventh-best among all NHL players.

But more than that, Yzerman has built a legacy as a leader.

(SNIP)

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